The Center of Excellence in Planning (CEP) is a private, non-profit organization supporting the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism (UAUIM) in its international educational and research activities. CEP was founded by internationally recognized Romanian planners and the University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu” (UAUIM), which houses CEP’s activities in its Moxa Street facility in Bucharest. The Center is financed from project-specific funds, grants, donations and students’ tuition.

CEP Goals

Europe Night

To promote urban development excellence in Eastern Europe and the Balkans and to take the best urban development ideas to action.

Smart Cities, ICT, Green Buildings

To develop cooperation relationships in urban development with Western Europe, the United States and Asia.


To offer advanced educational programs in urban development (planning and real estate) in the region and to raise a young generation of expert planners and developers.

CEP Programs

CEP has top Romanian urban planners and researchers in charge on its three programs: educational, research, and publishing, along with administrative, accounting and legal services.

Future of Cities Program: Arina Dordea, Urban Planner, Bucharest

From Ideas to Action Program: Mircea Enache, Ph.D., Urban Planner, Washington and Bucharest

ASURED Program: Alexandra Coltos, Urban Planner, Bucharest

Research Program: Catalin Sarbu, Ph.D., Urban Planner and Researcher, UAUIM

CEP Executive Staff

Director: Mircea Enache, Ph.D.
Urban Planner, Washington and Bucharest

Deputy Director: Andreea Popa. Ph.D.
Urban Planner and Researcher, UAUIM

General Secretary: Alina Muresan – Iuga
Urban Planner, Bucharest

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CEP ASURED Advisory Board

CEP has an international Board of Directors, and a network of international associate researchers, keynote speakers and visiting fellows.

Peter Ache | Dr. rer-pol., Professor, Radboud University

Vladimir Arsene | President, Westfourth Architecture

Andrei Bejenaru | CEO, ALLTROM Group [Multinational]

Radu Boitan | RICS Romania

Uwe Brandes | Executive Dir., Urban Program Georgetown University

Raul Doicescu | President, BOGART Construction Company

Mihaela Geoană [architect] | Aspen Institute Romania

Tomas Hanell | Researcher, Aalto University, Helsinky

Anca Ginavar | Director, Ministry of Development, Romania

Răzvan Iorgu | Managing Director, CBRE Romania